Manios Digital & Film’s MD7 is a lightweight, 7-inch LED 1080p field monitor that combines an economical price – list is $440 – with a feature set comparable to, and in some cases exceeding, monitors costing several times more. Among the first pros to test drive the MD7 was Curt Pair, a Phoenix-based director of photography and principal of Picture This Productions. Pair, whose credits range from news and documentaries to commercials, corporate media and music videos, conducted camera tests with the monitor at an air show in March. Since then, he’s used it on a pair of real-world assignments: a segment for the Golf Channel series In Play with Jimmy Rogers and a commercial for Ford, all with superb results.
Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality, has released Archimedia Master Player v2.1, an update to its software that frame-accurately plays all common archiving and master formats in use today. Version 2.1 adds precise support for timed text, commonly known as closed captions or subtitles, regardless of the standard or vendor — a feature that is especially useful for media companies that work with multiple standards and proprietary caption formats.
The Brazilian Society of Television Engineering’s 25th annual SET Expo will be held August 24-27 in São Paulo, Brazil. SET Expo is Latin America’s premiere event of business and technology for broadcast and new media. Digital Cinema Report is an official media partner of the Expo.
Cameraman Maxim Ford has designed a new LED soft light for digital movie making and photography, designed by a cameraman for camera operators and calls it Softy Lite who said "With the explosion of low budget dramas using new digital movie cameras like the Canon D5 and Sony F3 I wanted to make an affordable light that would have the potential for great drama lighting.”
Schneider Optics has introduced its new wide angle adapter for Fujinon’s 19-90mm T2.9 PL-mount Cabrio zoom lens. The adapter provides a 30-percent wider angle than the Cabrio’s 19mm limitation, with a minimum focal length of 14.5mm.
Roland Systems Group in cooperation with DTS and Holophone microphones demonstrated 3D recording and monitoring for sound designers and location recordists earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. A challenge for sound designers in the field is monitoring the surround audio being captured. Through headphones they are able to monitor each channel of a surround image as well as a summed stereo image but not the resultant 3D image. Up until now, to truly hear what was captured in context, they had to wait until they were back in the studio playing the channels through a multi-speaker surround configuration. Now with the advent of DTS Headphone:X, sound designers can turn a pair of headphones into an impressive personal surround system.
SGO released Mistika v8 earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. Mistika v8 features an advanced and complete color grading toolset. Each one of an infinite number of color correction layers contains every grading tool within the system including: primaries, fixed vectors, custom curves, and Mistika’s own enhanced five ball primary system – bands.
Codex introduced the Action Cam earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. The camera delivers high-definition shooting, capture, transcoding and data management for situations that require a compact form factor and low weight. It comprises a tiny camera head and a Codex Camera Control Recorder that delivers full remote control of the camera, plus the proven workflow of Codex.
In what counted as one of the surprises at the event, Blackmagic Design unveiled the Blackmagic Cintel film scanner earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. The real time system can scan 16mm and 35mm film into UltraHD.
As motion picture, television and commercial production continue to transition to ever-higher resolution digital video and computer graphic imaging formats, color-grading and post-production professionals increasingly rely on reference displays with exceptional detail, color and gradation accuracy. The DP-V3010 4K reference display was developed in response to this.